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SANS LIEGE WHITE RHONE BLEND "COTES DU COAST", CENTRAL COAST 2013
A smoking blend of 49% Viognier, 27% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc and the rest Marsanne, the 2013 Cotes du Coast offers terrific richness and depth in its lemon curd, buttered citrus and honeycomb-styled bouquet. Medium to full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, it nevertheless stays nicely focused and clean, with notable purity and freshness on the finish. Aged 18 months in 20% new French oak (with some in stainless steel), it's a food-friendly, beautifully made white that's well worth a multi-bottle purchase.
NVWE Notes: With its gaudy display of fruit and spice, this wine is distinctive from start to finish. On the nose, floral suggestions of orange zest, jasmine, honeysuckle, mint, clove and white pepper are but the intro to richer notes of peach, Persian raisin, Asian pear, pineapple, lemon curd, tangerine, beeswax, nutmeg and vanilla wafer. Things are fuller, if a bit quieter on the palate, yet the flavor panorama is much the same, so the lingering finish, if fully dry and food-worthy, delivers a similar cornucopia of surprises. It should prove an intriguing companion to roast turkey. A blend of 49% Viognier, 27% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc & 9% Marsanne. 850 cases made.